KAMPALA — Japanese government has donated rice consignment to assist refugees in Uganda through World Food Programme (WFP).
The development is contained in a World Food Programme statement —inviting media houses in Kampala to cover the handover of a Japanese to Government of Uganda through the Office of the Prime Minister.
The Government will then hand over the rice to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), who will distribute it to refugees in five settlements in Uganda.
The statement also indicates that Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, the Japanese Ambassador in Uganda and WFP’s Country Director will be in attendance.
The handover ceremony will be made at WFP warehouse at plot 1110, Kibuga Block 17, Wankulukuku Road, Nalukolongo, Kampala.
Uganda is one of the largest refugee-hosting nations in the world, with over 1.5m refugees as at the end of 2019.
The vast influx of refugees is due to several factors in Uganda’s neighbouring countries, especially war and violence in South Sudan and the DR Congo and associated economic crisis and political instability in the region.
Uganda has relatively ‘friendly’ policies that provide rights to the refugees, such as rights to education, work, private property, healthcare and other basic social services.
Speaking recently, first Deputy Prime Minister, Gen Moses Ali assured refugees and the rest of the world that Uganda will maintain its ‘Open Door Policy’ for refugees as a way of commitment to humanitarian and peaceful living across the globe.